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Historic Sites

For any visitor to the Isle of Lewis and Western Isles there is no shortage of things to see and do - from ancient Historic sites such as the famous Calanais Stones to the excellent wildlife, there's something for everyone.

The stones at Calanais comprise a central monolith, the circle itself, and 5 radiating rows of stones. Recent carbon dating has revealed that the Calanais Stones predate Stonehenge, and were erected between 2900 and 2600 BC. The Visitor and Interpretation Centre oat the site includes an audio-visual presentation tells the story of the Stones, as well as some 18 other sites, many of which are believed to have astronomical significance.

Callanish Stones

During the Iron Age the Celts had a considerable cultural influence in Europe. The most remarkable local remnant of this is the Carloway Broch on the west coast of the island. The remaining walls reach some 25ft at their highest, are double-skinned, and incorporate two levels of internal gallery.

Carloway Broch

In days gone by the black house was a typical dwelling here in Lewis. In keeping with the crofting traditions of the islands, these were used to accommodate both the family that ran the croft, as well as their livestock. Visitors are able to explore the nooks and crannies of the house at Arnol, which has been maintained in its original condition, dating from around 1880. The house also incorporates a museum.

Black houses

Fishing and Wildlife

The island is a haven of great wildlife. For the birdwatcher there is an abundance of seabirds to spot - and if you're lucky perhaps even a Golden Eagle! Lewis is also an excellent location for some peaceful fishing - particularly loch trout fishing.

Beatiful Scenery

There is no shortage of stunning scenery around the island - not least a plentiful supply of beautiful, deserted beaches. You might not always get a tan, but you will always get an invigorating walk on some of the country's most remote beaches.